NIAS in food contact materials should be a part of your (safety/compliance) assessment

Top Quote The quality and safety of food contact materials (FCM) have now become a hot topic in related industries so taking pro-active measures to reduce and control the transfer of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in FCM will become a top priority. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 30, 2021 - NIAS refers to substances that are unintentionally present in FCM. These substances can come from different sources such as impurities in the raw materials, by-products of chemical reactions and contaminants during the production process. There is usually no control over the presence of NIAS. It can be a wide range of chemical substance. If no assessment and corrective actions are undertaken of the final FCM then food may be contaminated with these harmful substances and pose a threat to consumer health.

    National governments monitor and regulate the quality and safety of FCM to different degrees. Conformity assessments for FCM currently include the selection of appropriate materials. Continuous improvements in updates of FCM regulations around the world however mean that businesses in related industries will face increasingly complex regulatory requirements and even stricter trade barriers. For example, Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 requires materials and articles coming into contact with food must not transfer their constituents to food in quantities which could endanger human health. NIAS testing can be one of the solutions for checking the potentially hazardous chemicals migrating from FCM.

    German authorities tested the imported food contact products such as SAN container, PP bags, unknown substances were detected and no proper declaration on the detected substances in DoC. Safety assessment according to Article 19 of 10/2011 was needed in order to claim compliance to Article 3 of 1935/2004. We can therefore expect the continued tightening of regulatory requirements and authorities will also become increasingly aware of advanced requirements such as NIAS testing. The inclusion of NIAS testing in product conformity assessments by businesses is therefore strongly recommended to prepare for the future.

    As a leading international service provider of testing, inspection and certification, TÜV Rheinland held the webinar on NIAS Screening Testing with Nestle.

    Key Learning Points】

    a) Having a better understanding about “NIAS”
    b) What is the relevance of NIAS from regulatory/legal aspects and the current trend
    c) Understand how big market players like Nestle are acting on NIAS and how they manage NIAS
    d) Understand what is inside NIAS testing services and choosing the correct methods for testing
    e) Getting a feeling of NIAS screening test result assessment via Case Study sharing in breakout sessions
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